Healthy Homemade Granola
Lately I've also been trying to focus on eating real, whole foods and cutting out as many packaged foods as possible, which always makes me feel much better about what I'm eating. I love taking granola and yoghurt to work as a mid afternoon snack but I don't love how much sugar can be in store bought granola, and sometimes I want a bit more sweetness and crunch than you get from museli. So, what's a girl to do but make her own! I've made this recipe a few times now and feel like I've found my perfect combination for a granola that is (in my opinion) both delicious and healthy too!
- 2 cups raw whole oats
-1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit (I use raisins and craisins)
- 1/4 cup raw chopped nuts (I use almonds)
-1/4 cup raw seeds (I use sunflower)
-1/4 cup raw unsweetened shredded coconut
-2 tbsp coconut oil
-1 tbsp honey (I used raw honey purchased at a farmers market)
-1 tbsp maple syrup *you can use just maple syrup or honey, but I like to mix one of each!
The steps themselves couldn't be easier for this tasty granola. Preheat the oven to 350, combine all of the dry ingredients then add the wet. If you prefer a sweeter granola you can add 3tbsp of sweetener (honey/maple syrup) but I wanted to cut back on the sugar so only added two. Thoroughly mix the ingredients together until all ingredients are evenly mixed then lay out on a baking tray. Bake for ten minutes or until lightly browned, allow to cool and it's ready to eat! I store mine in a mason jar in the fridge and one batch lasts about a week between two of us.
What's great about this recipe is it's pretty much fool proof. If you don't like coconut, don't add coconut. Love almonds? Add more! Plus, as a bonus, your house smells amazing as it's baking - totally makes me feel like a certified Martha. Play around with different combinations to find the perfect balance of ingredients that you love - then let us know what you add, we always love to try your variations on recipes too!